Sarah and Daniel Go For Gold!
By Jennifer Shahade   
November 27, 2007
Daniel Naroditsky. Photo Dujiu Yang.
Sarah Chiang (Girls Under 10) and Daniel Naroditsky (Boys Under 12) both lead with 8.5/10 at the World Youth (Antalya, Turkey Nov.18-Nov.28.) With just a round to go, both are tied for first with one other player. Ray Robson also won in round ten. If Ray wins tomorrow, he may win a medal, because he has the highest tiebreaks of all the 7.5's. We scored 20/33 in round ten- scroll down for complete U.S. scores.

Sarah and Daniel both won their tenth round games with White.

Daniel was clearly determined to win his game. On move 33 he managed to open up the game. Instantly, his opponent made an error with 34...Rd7, fatally abandoning his back rank.


 The most impressive part of Sarah's win was her relentless fighting spirit. After over 50 moves, she capitalized on her opponent's first major error of the game:

Position after 54. Bd5

After 54...Kh7?, Sarah played 55.Bf7!, when Black cannot defend the h-pawn with Be2 because Kb1 then forces the win of the a-pawn. Here is the full game:


Tomorrow Daniel and Sarah both play with Black on board 2 in their respective sections. The other 8.5 in the Boys Under 12, Ilya Nzyzhnyk from Ukraine plays on board one against. At the moment, Daniel has better tiebreaks than Ilya so he will likely take the title if they both win. According to, the tiebreak used in the case of a tournament with some rated players and some unrated, is cummulative, so it's not possible for Ilya to catch up in the final round if they end tied for first.

Meanwhile, Sarah plays against Ting Jie Lie while her Russian nemesis, Anna Styazhkina plays Sarah's previous victim, Judyta Lachowitz from Poland. Sarah's tiebreaks are worse than Anna's, so she will have to finish with more points to earn gold.

World Youth  (November 18-28, Antalya, Turkey)
U.S. Team member scores after 10 rounds

Girls U18    
Ettie Nikolova     6
Elina Kats     4
Julia Kerr     4
Girls U16     
WFM Alisa Melekhina     6.5
Abby Marshall     6
Courtney Jamison     5
Louiza Livschitz    4.5
Girls U14     
Dai Yang     6.5
Jennie Liu    4.5
Gayatri Vempati     5
Girls U12     
Alena Kuzniatsova     5.5
Anna Matlin     5.5
Girls U10     
Sarah Chiang    8.5
Ellen Xiang    5
Girls U8     
Evan Xiang    5.5
Simone Liao     7
Boys U18     
FM Elliot Liu     5.5
Boys U16     
Marc Tyler Arnold    5.5
Warren Harper     5.5
Samuel Shankland    5.5
Boys U14     
FM Ray Robson     7.5
Victor Shen     6
Alec Getz    6
Michael Yee    5
Christian Tanaka     6
Boys Under 12     
Daniel Naroditsky     8.5
FM Darwin Yang    6
Christopher Heung    5.5
Boys Under 10     
Brian Luo     7
Varun Krishnan    6.5
Jarod Pamatmat     5.5
Boys Under 8      
Jonathan Chiang     7
Dachey Lin     7